BMW reveals 374hp M340i ahead of LA show

2020 BMW M340i xDrive to Debut in LA

2020 BMW M340i xDrive to Debut in LA

The LA Auto Show kicks off this month, and ahead of the official debut at the show, BMW has pulled the wraps off the all-new 2020 BMW M340i and M340i xDrive sedans.

If a standard BMW 3-Series isn't enough but an M3 is too much, you're in luck.

One does not shell out for a six-pot (remember when they used to be a standard feature?) just for the speed though, and Munich is promising the "characteristic sound" of the straight-six with the M40i, which gets M Sport exhaust as standard.

BMW revealed the all-new G20 3 Series at the 2018 Paris Motor Show just a few weeks back. An eight-speed Steptronic sports transmission with a launch control function will ship standard.Paired with the brand's rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the newcomer dashes from standstill to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,4 seconds.

The M340i also looks the part with its cosmetic updates.

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The M340i happens to be the most powerful 3-Series version (short of the M3) that BMW has ever built, thanks to a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six, putting out 374 PS (368 HP) to go with its 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. Adaptive suspension with comfort, sport and sport-plus modes is optional. Steering shift paddles are standard, of course. The rear-wheel drive M340i promises reduced weight compared to the AWD version and enhanced steering feel compared to outgoing models. Also altered are the track widths and wheel camber angles. BMW also says it has improved the steering.

In addition to all those dynamic niceties, the M340i gets a performance braking system with blue-painted calipers and an M Sport dual exhaust, which ups the volume via its adjustable exhaust valves when you dial in the Sport or Sport+ driving modes.

The brakes have been beefed up-bigger discs (348mm/345mm front and rear) hide behind 18-inch wheels, though you can option 19-inchers.

Since the M340i sits among the regular model line-up, it does without muscle flexing features like flared arches. Extra vents at the front are said to "optimise both the cooling air supply and aerodynamics", while model-exclusive styling elements include a colour-coded rear spoiler and trapezoidal exhaust.

Despite all these differences, we can see the appeal of all three interior designs, although knowing what we know about the W205 Mercedes C-Class, we wouldn't be surprised if the M340i's cabin quality would surpass that of the C43's, with the S4 being slightly better in that department as well.

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